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It is one of the most powerful ways of giving in Islam since the benefits of this type of charity are reaped not just by the recipient, but also by the giver. At Al-Ayn, we use it to create long-lasting change in the lives of orphaned children in Iraq.
We start here and now—the first step is to provide children with the psychological rehabilitation they so desperately need in the aftermath of war.
Then, we focus on their future.
The benefits of giving Sadaqa Jariya are profound: not just multiple rewards for one single act of charity, but rewards that extend to our time in the Hereafter.
“Only three things follow a man after his death; Sadaqa that he has contributed in his life and which continues after his death (Sadaqa Jariya); a good tradition that he started which is acted upon after his death; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him.” – Imam Al-Sadiq (as)
For the last 15 years, Al-Ayn has built a grassroots community that serves and empowers orphaned children and their families.
The Luminous Stars centers provide orphaned children with a second chance at life. Each center aims to rebuild the lives of orphaned children and youth by providing access to psychological rehabilitation and vocational training workshops to allow for orphaned youth to transition into adulthood.
At Al-Ayn, we strongly believe that mental health matters. That is why psychological rehabilitation has been at the forefront of our mission for years. Though over 1700 cases have already been registered, many more children are awaiting critical interventions to address their various mental health needs.
The Psychological Rehabilitation clinics at 12 Luminous Stars Centers in Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniya, Muthanna, Najaf, Karbala, Al-Hilla, Diyala and Wasit, not only improve access to vital care for orphaned children wherever they may live but also deliver essential vocational training workshops to children who are gifted outside of a formal academic education, so they can find their true career path.
Center for Personal Development, Education and Recreation.
Our vision is that every orphaned child deserves a fair start in life. Through Hikayati, we can give children the necessary tools to realize their potential.
The Hikayati (My Story) center enables us to provide children with personalized programs that enhance their well being and create life opportunities through a combination of education, play, coaching, therapy, and spiritual guidance.
Location: Najaf, Al-Adala Neighbourhood
Size: Over 14,500 square feet over 8 floors
This state of the art center includes a library, theater, swimming pool, counseling rooms, an art therapy workshop, a roof garden and more.
However, with the major housing crisis, many families await decent accommodation. Below are examples of completed projects.
With many families awaiting a place to call home, the need continues. This is why further housing complexes are being built across Iraq on donated land. These donations are either left for the benefit of the children in the wills of supporters of Al-Ayn or donated by generous individuals during their lifetime in their names or on behalf of loved ones.